While brushing your teeth, flossing, and having regular visits to the dentist''s office help to maintain healthy gums and teeth, what you eat can also help. There are specific food ingredients that help promote healthy gums and strong teeth. Healthy eating can also help fend off dental diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Keep these food ingredients in mind the next time you prepare a meal or need a snack:
It contains calcium that''s needed for strong bone growth and provides the minerals needed to strengthen tooth enamel when acidic food breaks it down. Calcium may also be gained from other dairy products like cheese and yogurt and would be important to add in your daily diet.
Firm and crunchy fruits like apples help clean teeth of food particles. It is also high in water content, which helps to promote saliva and give your gums the moisture it needs. Some fruits may be high in acid content, so it''s always best to eat it as part of a larger meal or to drink water afterwards to help minimize the acid.
Vitamin C helps promote gum strength, and you''re sure to get plenty of it from strawberries. Just half of a cup provides you with more than 70 percent of the daily value. Without healthy gums, your oral health is at risk. Gum disease is a common condition seen by other dental professionals. When not treated, it can cause bleeding gums, receding gums and even tooth decay.
Raw celery and other fresh crunchy vegetables like carrots are great for keeping teeth healthy. Not only does chewing celery help to promote saliva from its crisp and crunchy texture, but when broken down there are fibrous strands that help clean the surface of teeth. Celery and carrots are also a good source of beta carotene, which provides vitamin A. Vitamin A is needed to build strong teeth.
Salmon is a great source of vitamin D, which is needed to help absorb calcium. It also contains polyunsaturated fatty acids that help to stave off periodontal disease as well as gum inflammation.
Keep your teeth in check by eating healthy, brushing and flossing after meals. Mangum Dental also recommends keeping up with your dental check ups to keep your teeth healthy. Children and adults need to take proper care of their teeth to reduce the chance of gum disease, staining of teeth, tooth decay, and tooth loss.